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New York Protesters March to Wealthy Hamptons, Bloomberg’s Mansion

Protesters descended on the wealthy Hamptons Wednesday to highlight the nation’s rising income inequality.

“More than 100 drivers drove around the community in Long Island and about 200 marchers, some wielding plastic pitchforks, paid a visit to the homes of some of the world’s wealthiest people, including ex-New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg,” the New York Post reported.

“We are here. We are affected and not going to stand down. We’re going to make sure our voices are heard,” protest organizer and director of policy and research for New York Communities for Change, Alicé Nascimento told the Post.

“Tax the rich, not the poor!” protesters chanted outside former Democratic presidential candidate and billionaire Mike Bloomberg’s $20 million Southhampton mansion, with some calling the failed presidential candidate a “looter,” according to the Post.

“Enough is enough — it’s time for New York state to raise taxes on the rich instead of cutting services for working people,” Nascimento said.

The protesters demanded that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo raise taxes on the state’s 118 billionaires to make up for a steep revenue shortfall amid the coronavirus pandemic and disagreed with Cuomo’s plan to cut 20 percent in state funding from schools, hospitals and housing agencies. They noted that while the virus outbreak has deeply impacted low-income people and communities of color, the wealth of US billionaires has surged.

“Billionaires are experts in social distancing. They’ve chosen to live in their own world and are separate from realities of everyday people and the people whose lives they have a tremendous impact on,” Nascimento said.

The wealthy second home owners from New York are rushing to hire security guards to keep them safe in the Hamptons from the threat of unrest, The Post has learned.

Charlie McArdle, co-founder of CM Security Consulting, says business is booming in the moneyed enclave, and that he’s gotten a flood of calls after Thursday’s protests

“My clients range from the 1 percenters to people who are concerned about the political climate and what’s going on today,” McArdle said.

“We make sure there are no trespassers when they are away from their homes and when they are in them too.”

“The protesters are so crazy,” one Hamptonite told The Post and declined to be named. “I first hired armed guards around two weeks ago, when the protests began, and put a fence around my property to defend it. This is happening all over the country.”

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San Francisco Police to End Practice of Publicly Releasing Mugshots

The San Francisco Police Department announced Wednesday that it will no longer be releasing criminals’ mugshots to the public, ostensibly in order to combat “racial bias,” as reported by CNN.

Police Chief Bill Scott made the announcement in a letter to the entire police department, where he said that releasing such mugshots could “contribute to implicit and explicit bias in policing and by community members,” thus essentially implying that most criminals in the city, and therefore mugshots, are people of color.

Scott further claimed, without evidence, that “the widespread publication of police booking photos…creates an illusory correlation for viewers that fosters racial bias and vastly overstates the propensity of black and brown men to engage in criminal behavior.”

Jack Glaser, a professor at University of California, Berkeley, similarly tried explaining the justification in a manner that made no sense, saying “when two rare things occur simultaneously, our minds tend to overestimate the relationship between those two things. Crime is a rare event for most of us, and minority status is by definition a rare event.”

The rolling-back of such a common and useful police practice is the latest instance of police departments all across the country being effectively neutered in the wake of far-left riots and protests demanding the abolition of the police. In New York, the 600-member plainclothes anti-crime unit was disbanded, nearly 300 officers have filed for retirement early, and the city council voted to cut $1 billion from the NYPD budget. Similarly, the Los Angeles PD saw its budget cut by over $150 million, and the city council voted to begin the process of replacing LAPD officers with unarmed “community responders.”

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Hundreds of Bush Administration Officials Declare Support for Joe Biden

A large group of officials who worked for former President George W. Bush will endorse the former Democrat Vice President Joe Biden.

The group formed a super PAC Wednesday, called “43 Alumni for Biden,” a reference to Bush, the 43rd president and described its formation as an effort to restore “the principles of unity, tolerance and compassion to the greatest elected office in the world,” according to Reuters.

The group is another example of efforts being made by anti-Trump Republicans to defeat the President in November.

The 43 Alumni for Biden, includes Jennifer Millikin, who worked on Bush’s 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns, and who told Reuters that Trump is a “danger” to the nation. It also lists former Republican National Committee (RNC) officials Kelly Ganzberger, Michael Turk and Serenity Hanley among its organizing committee members, The Daily Caller reported.

“Whether you worked in the earliest days of the 43rd Administration or sprinted to the finish in January 2009, you know a thing or two about serving the grand ideals and exceptional people of our country,” the super PAC writes on its front page. “Together we saw compassion in action, strength on display and the steady leadership of a true statesman who inspired us to meet some of America’s greatest challenges.”

The Super PAC plans to release ‘testimonial videos’ praising Biden from high-profile Republicans and will hold get-out-the-vote efforts in the most competitive states.

The group says on their website:

“Bound by our shared work experience and a belief in a brighter tomorrow, we endorse Joe Biden for President,” they write. “Political differences may remain among us, but we look forward to a time when civil, honest and robust policy discussions are the order of the day.”

The Daily Caller reported in June, Freddy Ford, a spokesman for Bush suggested that the 43rd president has not made up his mind on how he will vote in November. Some former Bush administration officials, including former Secretary of State Colin Powell have thrown their support behind Biden. Powell previously endorsed former President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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Christopher Columbus Removed From Columbus, Ohio City Hall

Early Wednesday morning, a work crew removed the statue of Christopher Columbus from in front of Columbus City Hall in Ohio, where it has sat for 65 years after being donated by Genoa, Columbus’ Italian sister city.

The statue was taken off its pedestal before 6:30 a.m. and rotated to face City Hall. An hour or so later it was taken away on a flatbed truck, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

Democratic Mayor Andrew Ginther said the Columbus Art Commission had been tasked with replacing the statue due to its jurisdiction over all city-owned art.

“For many people in our community, the statue represents patriarchy, oppression, and divisiveness,” Ginther said. “That does not represent our great city, and we will no longer live in the shadow of our ugly past.”

Whether the statue’s immediate replacement is temporary or permanent is also open for debate, The Dispatch reported.

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LA School Police Chief Quits After Budget Cut by School Board

The Los Angeles School police chief resigned from his post Wednesday, less than a year after he took the job and less than 24 hours after the district’s board cut $25 million from his department’s budget, Fox News Reports.

Police Chief Tod Chamberlain said the cuts put him in a “position that makes my ability to effectively, professionally and safely impact those groups unachievable.”

“I cannot support modifications to my position, the organization and most importantly, the community (students, staff and families) that I believe will be detrimental and potentially life-threatening,” he added.

Chamberlain was named L.A. School Police chief in November 2019. He was a 33-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department when he retired at the rank of commander and was working as a lecturer in criminal justice at Cal State Los Angeles.

Chamberlain’s resignation came after the Los Angeles Unified School Board on Tuesday voted 4-3 to reduce the LA School Police budget by 35%, and to divert those funds to hire more social workers, counselors and campus safety aids at schools with more Black students. One board member initially wanted to slash the police budget by 50 percent.

Chamberlain said during the meeting that the $25 million reduction means the Los Angeles Unified School Board will need to lay off 65 officers, close 39 vacant officer positions and eliminate the school police force’s entire overtime budget.

Last week, the union which represents LAUSD teachers voted in favor of completely eliminating LASPD.

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FBI Arrests Antifa Ringleader of Attempt to Topple Andrew Jackson Statue in DC

The alleged “ringleader” in a recent attempt to destroy the Andrew Jackson statue in Washington DC was arrested Thursday, and charged with destruction of federal property.

Jason Charter, a known antifa agitator, was arrested at his home by the FBI and U.S. Park Police as part of a joint task force, Fox News reported.

The militant is alleged to have played a major part in several attacks on historic monuments in recent weeks.

Photos of Charter unmasked can be seen at the Daily Mail and below.

The day before his arrest, Charter was on Twitter complaining that he was receiving death threats and saying he would protect his “castle” to “the fullest extent of the law.”

He was arrested “without incident,” law enforcement sources told Fox.

Charter’s Twitter profile says that he is a “political activist/organizer, and includes the hashtags #IAmAntifa #SmashRacism.

The antifa militant was allegedly in a leadership role on the night of June 22 when a mob of activists tried to pull down the statue in Lafayette Square near the White House.

Several other individuals, including Graham Lloyd, 37, were also arrested in connection with the incident.

The Maine man “is among four suspects facing a federal charge of destruction of government property causing damage over $1,000,” Bangor Daily News reported.

“They were very organized,” a federal law enforcement official said. “Charter was on top of the statue and directing people … they had acid, chisels, straps and a human chain preventing police from getting to the statue.”

The complaint cites a tweet from Charter that says, “Tearing down statues of traitors to the nation is a service to this nation not a crime.”

“At the Jackson Statue incident, Charter is additionally seen wearing a red set of ski goggles and a yellow ventilator mask. Charter’s face is clearly visible at different times during each incident,” the complaint alleges.

The FBI’s criminal complaint against Charter also accuses him of being involved in the destruction of the Albert Pike Historical Statue in Washington earlier this month.

Citing local news video, the FBI alleges that Charter is seen “standing over the toppled Pike Statue, pouring an unknown liquid onto the statue.”

The complaint said: “He is then observed waving others away from the statue, and squatting down behind the statue where his hands are not visible. Seconds later, the statue catches fire. Charter is seen standing over the flames as it burns.”

Additionally, Charter participated in “a June 26 protest at Lincoln Park in Washington – where demonstrators called for the removal of a statue of Abraham Lincoln,” according to the complaint.

During that incident, Charter was caught on video assaulting OANN journalist Jack Posobiec, who later filed an assault report with the police.

Charter was expected to make an appearance in U.S. District Court in Washington on Thursday, according to Fox News.

“This is a pretty big story, given all the media attention paid to the attempted destruction of these statues and many others across the country,” said Fox’s Doug McKelway. “The proximity to the White House … the first court appearance …”

Doug McKelway turned toward his left and right to sarcastically showcase “the huge throng of media” that were present to report on the story. Of course, no other media outlet besides Fox had showed up to cover the antifa terrorist’s first court appearance because Democrats and their allies in the media want you to believe that antifa violence is a made-up, imaginary problem.

Last week, President Trump signed an executive order directing the Justice Department to prioritize prosecution of activists who damage federal monuments and limit federal funding for local governments that do not adequately protect those monuments.

Trump tweeted last Tuesday that he had authorized federal officials to “arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such federal property in the U.S. with up to 10 years in prison, per the Veterans’ Memorial Preservation Act, or such other laws that may be pertinent.”

Department of Justice officials, according to a source with knowledge, have been frustrated that all the statue preservation efforts have been left to the DOJ with zero cooperation from feckless blue mayors in blue states. “The time to save the statue is NOT IN THE COURTROOM but at the time of its toppling,” the person said.

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American Greatness Ad in New York Times Calls for Yale to Be Renamed After Jeremiah Dummer

The New York Times on Thursday published an advertisement calling for Yale to be renamed after someone who was not a brutal, white supremacist slave-trader. A Harvard man named Jeremiah Dummer fits the bill, New Criterion editor and American Greatness contributor Roger Kimball argues.

In the oped, first published at American Greatness, Kimball adds his voice to a growing cacophony of conservative voices seeking to #CancelYale.

In the ad, Kimball writes, “if the Left can deface or destroy statues of George Washington, Christopher Columbus, Thomas Jefferson, and countless others, shouldn’t we insist that they live up to their own ideals and cancel racially tainted liberal institutions like Yale?”

He adds: “I think an example should be made of corrupt institutions like Yale and craven leaders like Peter Salovey, the university’s president.”

Kimball points out that Yale decided to change the name of Calhoun College a few years ago because its namesake, John C. Calhoun, was a slave owner.  Calhoun was a Yale graduate and valedictorian who served his country as a congressman, senator, secretary of war, secretary of state, and vice president. A man of his times, he also argued that owning slaves was a “positive good” because slaveowners could provide better for slaves than they could themselves.

Unlike Calhoun, Kimball argues in the ad that Yale’s namesake has no redeeming qualities that should prevent him from being “canceled” in 2020 America.

As far as I have been able to determine, Elihu Yale never set foot in New Haven. His benefaction of some books and goods worth £800 helped found Yale College, not Yale University. And whereas the 11th edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica praises Calhoun for his “just and kind” treatment of slaves and the “stainless integrity” of his character, Elihu Yale had slaves flogged, hanged a stable boy for stealing a horse, and was eventually removed from his post in India for corruption. In Calhoun’s day, although one could own slaves, participating in the international slave trade was a capital crime. Yale, as an administrator in India, was deeply involved in the slave trade. He always made sure that ships leaving his jurisdiction for Europe carried at least 10 slaves. Is all that
not “fundamentally at odds” with the mission of Peter Salovey’s Yale?

Kimball suggests that a better name for the university would be “Dummer,” named after Jeremiah Dummer, “the Harvard chap” who induced Elihu Yale to help found Yale with a massive benefaction.

“By all means, cancel Yale. Remove the horrid name from clothing and other merchandise,” said Kimball. “But replace it with a more honorable name: Dummer. Dummer University. The Dummer School of Law. The Dummer School of Art. A Dummer degree.”

This advertisement in the NYTs was paid for by the Center for American Greatness.

Cancel Yale Ad NYT (1) by Debra Heine on Scribd

 

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Epstein Confidante Ghislaine Maxwell Finally Arrested on Sex Abuse Charges

Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend and confidante Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested by the FBI in New Hampshire Thursday morning on multiple sex abuse charges, including conspiracy to sexually abuse minors.

“Maxwell assisted, facilitated and contributed to Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse of minor girls by, among other things, helping Epstein to recruit, groom, and ultimately abuse victims,” the six-count indictment in Manhattan federal court states. “In some instances, Maxwell was present for and participated in the sexual abuse of minor victims.” 

The indictment alleges that Maxwell recruited and helped groom girls as young as 14 years old, going back as far as 1994.

One victim, Annie Farmer claims that both Epstein and Maxwell sexually abused her at Epstein’s New Mexico ranch.

Farmer filed a civil suit seeking damages from Maxwell and Epstein’s $634 million estate, but a judge delayed questioning in the suit on the grounds that Maxwell’s sworn testimony could incriminate her in a potential criminal case.

The British socialite was taken into custody at  8:30 a.m. in Bedford, N.H., and is expected to appear in a federal court later today. Prior to her arrest, she had reportedly been hiding out in Paris.

Maxwell, the daughter of late British media magnate Robert Maxwell, has been accused in civil court filings of facilitating a sex-trafficking operation that brought girls — some as young as 14 — to Epstein’s Manhattan home, though until Thursday she had not been formally charged with any criminal wrongdoing.

While there have been reports that there were several others who “facilitated” Epstein’s alleged sexual abuse also being investigated, the main focus has been on Maxwell.

Maxwell, 58, dated Epstein more than a decade ago and became a member of his tight inner circle until his August 10 jail-cell suicide.

At the time of his suspicious death on August 10, 2019, Epstein was awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges.

Two guards who were supposed to be monitoring the 66-year old, now face federal charges for not checking on him as required and falsifying log entries to claim they had.

As news spread that Maxwell had finally been arrested, a familiar meme surfaced on Twitter:

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Radical Harvard Graduate Threatens to Stab People over ‘All Lives Matter,’ Gets Fired

A far-left Harvard graduate went viral for a video on the Chinese-owned social media platform TikTok, where she explicitly threatened to “stab” anyone who uses the phrase “All Lives Matter,” as reported by the New York Post.

The former student’s name is Claira Janover, who holds a degree in government and psychology and graduated this May. In her video, she hysterically attacked people who say “all lives matter,” describing them as having “sheer entitled caucasity,” in reference to white people.

She then says “I’ma stab you, I’ma stab you,” and that while her hypothetical stabbing victim is “struggling and bleeding out, I’ma show you my paper cut and say, ‘my cut matters too.’”

After the video went viral and received thousands of views, she deleted the video and claimed, without evidence, that she had received death threats and was being “monitored” by the Department of Homeland Security.While the threats and government surveillance were never confirmed, Janover did get fired from her job at the business consulting firm Deloitte, which was listed on her LinkedIn profile after she had been given a job offer with the company. Janover posted a follow-up statement falsely blaming her situation on “Trump supporters,” while also accusing Deloitte of hypocrisy for firing her, since she, as a person of color, feels entitled to a job.

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New York Times Accuses Mount Rushmore of Being Racist 

The New York Times has published an article attempting to paint Mount Rushmore, the iconic American landmark, as racist in every way, from the historical figures depicted to the land upon which it is built, as reported by the Washington Free Beacon.

The Times article, “How Mount Rushmore Became Mount Rushmore,” criticizes all four presidents depicted (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln) by calling Washington and Jefferson slave-owners, falsely accusing Roosevelt of being a racist, and claiming that Lincoln didn’t do enough to free the slaves.

The article goes further by attacking the man who sculpted the monument, Gutzon Borglum, due to his previous work on several Confederate memorials. It also claims that Rushmore was built on Indian land.

The attack comes just one day before President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit the historic monument for an early celebration of the 4th of July. As such, the far-left has stepped up rhetorical attacks on the landmark, including a radical Indian leader’s calls for the monument to be destroyed. The Democratic National Committee’s official Twitter account posted a tweet declaring that the 4th of July was a celebration of “white supremacy,” with the backlash being so strong that the DNC eventually deleted the tweet.

Mount Rushmore is by far the largest monument to come under attack by the Left in its ongoing crusade to tear down America’s monuments. The Trump Administration has begun pushing back on this effort, with the president signing an executive order to fast-track the process by which the federal government can pursue, arrest, and prosecute anyone involved in the vandalism or destruction of a federal monument.

There have been multiple arrests, and it was announced on Wednesday that the Department of Homeland Security had created a special task force, the Protecting American Communities Task Force (PACT), aimed specifically at deploying DHS special units across the country to protect monuments from vandalism over the coming Independence Day weekend.

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Republican Senators Call for Replacement of Columbus Day with ‘Juneteenth’

Two Republican members of the U.S. Senate have introduced a motion to replace the federal holiday of Columbus Day with Juneteenth, as reported by Breitbart.

The senators in question are Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) and James Lankford (R-Okla.), who proposed the replacement as an amendment to a bill introduced by Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) to make Juneteenth a federal holiday. Johnson and Lankford’s proposed amendment would specifically remove Columbus Day from the list of federal holidays to make room for Juneteenth.

Johnson attempted to justify his support for the move by calling Columbus Day “the most lightly-celebrated and less disruptive to anybody’s schedule.” Johnson said that adding one more federal holiday would be “blowing a hole in the budget…offering another paid day off for federal employees.” However, Cornyn himself stated his opposition to Johnson and Lankford’s proposal, which he pointed out “dilutes the message we’re trying to send.”

Juneteenth is a little-known holiday commemorating the day that the Emancipation Proclamation was read for the first time in the state of Texas, on June 19th, 1865. It has come under greater scrutiny due to the widespread race riots across America.

Conversely, Columbus Day – celebrating the iconic Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, who set out to prove that the Earth was round and ended up discovering the “New World” – first became a federal holiday in 1968, and is generally observed on the second Monday of the month of October. In recent years, the holiday has been criticized by far-left and Indian groups, who have falsely accused Columbus of being a racist and a colonizer. Statues of Columbus have been the target of many acts of vandalism and destruction over the last month.

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Morning Greatness: Trump Says Black Lives Matter Is ‘Symbol of Hate’

Good Thursday morning.

Here’s what is on the president’s agenda today:

  • The president delivers remarks at Spirit of America Showcase

I have a condensed version of the Greatness for you this morning.

My latest at RealClearPolicy: E-Cig Flavor Ban Grows $10B Massachusetts Black Market

Protest/Riots/Autonomous Zones updates:

Trump: Black Lives Matter is a ‘symbol of hate’

Heartbreaking: Father of CHOP shooting victim speaks out in emotional ‘Hannity’ interview: ‘All I know is my son is dead’

Harvard graduate threatens to ‘stab’ anyone who says ‘all lives matter’

Update: Future stabber’s job offer rescinded!

Seems nice. ‘I Want To Hang Him From A F**king Tree, Like He Do Us,’ Protester Yells At New York Cops

NY Times Joins DNC in Criticism of Mount Rushmore

Richmond starts dismantling Confederate statues from city land after mayor’s order

LA School Police chief resigns after budget slashed by public school board

Lovely. NYC Occupy City Hall protesters seen taunting NYPD: ‘Black Judas’

Christopher Columbus statue dismantled at Columbus City Hall

Catholic priest who labeled Black Lives Matter movement and organizers ‘maggots and parasites’ in church newsletter suspended

New commission in three major cities targets past misconduct within criminal justice systems

Veteran Oklahoma police officer killed, rookie in critical condition, after suspect shoots both in the head

Coronavirus News:

‘Masks are good’: Trump says he’d wear mask in small crowd but questions need for mandatory use

College students. Alabama students attend ‘COVID-19 parties,’ gamble on who gets sick first

Fauci: Avoid gatherings like Trump’s Rushmore fireworks show

House votes unanimously to extend deadline for coronavirus small-business loan program

House sends massive infrastructure bill to the Senate, where it has no path forward

Arizona asks for 500 additional medical personnel amid spike in virus cases

‘It’s Not Mostly COVID-19’: Dr. Marc Siegel Explains Texas Hospital Surge

Early trial results keep Pfizer vaccine development on track for possible 2020 distribution

Other morsels:

Of course. Hundreds Of Bush Administration Officials Declare Support For Joe Biden

House postpones testimony from key Pompeo aide about IG firing

Testimony from Planned Parenthood, tissue procurer sheds light on babies born alive, with beating hearts

Twitter’s Dorsey donates ‘unprecedented’ $20M to Sean Penn’s CORE charity for coronavirus relief

Trump administration wants to end another Obama-era protection for transgender people

24 shot to death in attack on drug rehab center in Mexico

And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!

 

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Car Hits BLM Protester Who ‘Intentionally’ Blocked It

A vehicle carrying Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds hit a Black Lives Matter protester who was trying to block the vehicle’s path Tuesday as she was leaving an event in northern Iowa, New York Post reports.

The group of about two dozen BLM protestors weren’t allowed into the Tuesday event at Family Traditions Meat, a small processor in Ackley, so they gathered at the end of a driveway to block the governor’s car.

Jaylen Cavil, an organizer with Des Moines Black Lives Matter, told the Des Moines Register that he wasn’t hurt but that he was shocked the governor’s SUV hit him. Cavil says, “I 100% think they intentionally hit me.” Cavil had hoped Reynolds would roll down her window to speak to demonstrators, Cavil told the news outlet.

“The SUV that Gov. Reynolds was driving in drove right up to me,” Cavil told the outlet. “I was standing right in front of the car and I just stood there. I was like, ‘I’m going to stand here. Surely the driver of the governor is not going to hit me with her car.”

“This is the governor, my governor, who’s supposed to be representing me,” he said. “I’m sure that her car is not going to intentionally hit me. I was wrong.”

 

The governor’s spokesperson, Pat Garrett, declined to comment but a spokesperson for the Iowa State Patrol confirmed the incident in a statement.

“Preliminary reports from law enforcement at the scene suggest the demonstrator intentionally stepped in front of the moving vehicle,” Sgt. Alex Dinkla told the outlet. “The demonstrator appeared to suffer no injuries, did not request medical treatment and continued with his activities.”

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LAPD Morale Sinks Amid ‘Vilification,’ ‘Constant Verbal Battering of Our Profession’

Morale is low among rank-and-file LAPD officers, according to Robert Harris, the director of the Los Angeles Police Protective League.

Police across the country are having to deal with “constant verbal battering” and the looming threat of contracting the coronavirus, according to the police union head.

“I had one officer tell me that he feels like a Vietnam soldier returning home to a country that hates him, and that’s not a good place to be,” Robert Harris, the director of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the local police union, told CBS Los Angeles Monday.

“Police in L.A. and elsewhere around the country have faced harsh criticism since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody on May 25. Four police officers have been charged, and protests have cropped up across the country, some of them involving violent clashes with police. Activists and left-wing lawmakers have proposed defunding police departments as a result,” Fox News reports.

Officers feel “beaten” and “bruised,” Harris said.

“The vilification and the constant verbal battering of our profession has taken a huge toll on top of what they were expected to do with the protests and COVID, so morale is low right now,” he said.

Harris said that the calls for defunding the police would be counterproductive for an agency as large as the LAPD.

“When you start tinkering with the budget of the LAPD, even though on the onset it looks large, even $150 million will have serious impacts,” he said. “If you cut funding from us and delay recruit classes and hiring, it will create a domino effect and you’re looking at about a loss of about 800 officers over the next two years. And with the World Cup and the Olympics coming, I don’t think we can afford to do that,” Harris said.

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Harvard Drops Policy Against Single-Sex Clubs After Lawsuit

Harvard University on Monday said it would drop its policy of sanctioning students who joined single-sex clubs.

The Ivy League school released a letter saying it would no longer enforce the ban on same-sex clubs, fraternities or sororities on Monday, with Harvard president Lawrence Bacow noting the university “will not be able to carry forward with the existing policy under the prevailing interpretation of federal law,” because it could be seen as legally discriminatory.

Officials instituted the policy in 2017, which prevented students from holding leadership positions in university-recognized groups and from joining athletic teams if they were a part of single-sex clubs not recognized by Harvard.

They were also not able to receive college-administered fellowships, including the Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell scholarships, The Washington Post reported.

The policy had affected Harvard’s traditionally male “final clubs” as well as fraternities and sororities that are not sanctioned by the university. Officials had argued these clubs were discriminatory based on sex, with the university’s then-president saying Harvard could no longer “endorse selection criteria [in clubs] that reject much of the student body merely because of gender,” according to the Post.

Executive Director Robert Shibley of The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education  has been vocal in its opposition to the policy ever since it was first announced on May 6, 2016, he spoke of the damage caused by Harvard’s Blacklist policy and the recent legal victory.

“Harvard’s effort to crush one of America’s most fundamental freedoms for its students failed in the court of public opinion and was failing in the court of law,” said Shibley. “Harvard squandered time, resources, and most of all its credibility defending its indefensible blacklist policy. While this ‘Crimson Scare’ is finally over, lasting damage has been done to many cherished men’s and women’s groups that either shut down or were muscled into changing their policies against their wishes.”

Bacow insisted the “guiding purpose behind the policy remains as important as ever.”

“The policy was adopted to advance the essential and unfinished work of making Harvard a more inclusive and welcoming environment for all our students—of creating a community in which students are not denied the opportunity to participate in aspects of undergraduate life simply because of their gender,” Bacow wrote.

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Provo Police Arrest Black Lives Matter Agitator Who Allegedly Shot SUV Driver

A 33-year-old Black Lives Matter supporter was arrested Tuesday night in connection with the shooting of an SUV driver during a riot in downtown Provo.

Jesse Taggart, of Salt Lake City, “was booked into the Utah County Jail and held on charges of attempted aggravated murder, aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, rioting, threatening the use of a weapon during a fight or quarrel, criminal mischief, and firing a weapon near a highway, according to Provo Police.

As American Greatness reported on Tuesday, video footage of the altercation on Monday showed someone shooting into a white SUV while it was being mobbed by violent agitators.

The driver reportedly suffered a gunshot wound, but the injury was not life-threatening.

In addition to Taggart, police also arrested 27-year-old Samantha Darling, of Ogden,  “on charges of obstruction of justice and rioting.”

 

 

In a nearly incoherent Facebook post Tuesday, Taggart attempted to justify the alleged shooting.

Taggart wrote: “a aggravated driver [sic] drove up and onto the curb/sidewalk to pass 6 or 8 cars held up in the lanes due to protestors [sic] occupying the intersection and declaring first amendment rights of peacefully gathering and assembly of free speach. [sic] Deciding to forcefully and with a lifted SUV [sic] drive into and through the protestors [sic] flinging one into the air and slamming the pavement along with a dozen others rammed to get allegedly shot for doing so. [sic]

“The Provo Police Department extends its thanks to citizens who gave evidence and testimony to investigators and to allied agencies and officers who assisted this investigation, notably Ogden and Salt Lake City Police Departments,” Provo police said in a statement announcing the arrests.

An investigation into other criminal acts connected to the street demonstration in Provo is ongoing, police said.

“If you have information about the identity of persons involved in damage to vehicles, please contact Det. Nick Patterson at npatterson@provo.org,” Provo Police tweeted.

Provo’s Mayor Michelle Kaufusi released a video statement about the violent demonstration Tuesday, saying that “the violent events of the protest were unacceptable” and stressing that she did not issue a stand-down order.

“I have been very upset about the events last night. Crimes were committed, and our police response was inadequate,” Kaufusi said. The mayor added that she has spoken to a family member of the shooting victim, and that she felt terrible for him and his family.

Update:

The June 29 anti-police demonstration in Provo was organized by a Salt Lake City-based antifa group, Far Left Watch reported.

In a Facebook event post. the group instructed the participants to “wear all black”, “wear masks” and “wear protective eye gear.”

Please wear all black
Wear your masks
Bring water
Wear protective eye where if you got it
This is a counter protest to Provo Back The Blue!

“Sometimes you have to pick the gun up to put the Gun down,” the “Salt Lake City Antifascist Coalition” said in its post.

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Seattle PD Easily Clear Out CHAZ After Weeks of Violent Anarchy

Although they were met with some resistance, Seattle Police easily cleared out the Capital Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), also known as “CHOP” in downtown Seattle Wednesday morning after Mayor Jenny Durkan issued an executive order  to vacate the area.

After the weak Democrat leaders of Seattle bowed to the antifa mob early last month, police had to abandon the East Precinct, allowing the antifa and Black Lives Matter agitators to seize a six-block area in the Capitol Hill section of downtown Seattle.

At first, the clueless mayor celebrated the depraved anarchy of CHAZ, telling an interviewer that the occupation against “racist” police brutality had “a block party atmosphere” that could turn into “a summer of love.” In reality, it quickly devolved into violent anarchy that led to multiple injuries and the death of two black teenagers.

“Since demonstrations at the East Precinct area began on June 8, two teenagers have been killed and three people have been seriously wounded in late-night shootings,” the Seattle Police Department said in a tweet. “Police have also documented robberies, assaults, and other violent crimes.”

After hundreds of Seattle Black Lives Matters activists held a “Defund the Police” march through her exclusive Northeast Seattle neighborhood, Durkan decided enough was enough.

Police in riot gear arrived in the “police-free zone” at around 5 a.m. and announced that the squatters had five minutes to clear the area. Seattle PD said in a tweet that cops were wearing highly protective gear because “individuals associated w/the CHOP are known to be armed and dangerous/may be associated with shootings, homicides, robberies, assaults &other violent crimes.”

King5 reporter Michael Crowe was on the ground reporting as the police cleared out the area.

Agitators threw projectiles at the police and desperately tried to form a barricade using toppled porta potties.

Cops continued to push through, clearly demonstrating that they could have ended the anarchy on day one if they had only been given the okay by the city’s weak and feckless Democrat authorities.

As police were clearing out CHOP, several vehicles with armed individuals were reported to be circling the area.

Far-left Twitter accounts desperately called for back-up, stressing that “white bodies” need to go to the front of the line.

The borders of CHOP were reportedly secured by police before 6:15 a.m. local time and at least 15 agitators were arrested, according to Fox 23.

“Anyone who remains in the area, or returns to the area, is subject to arrest,” police said.

Crowe posted a video of the filthy mess the agitators made in the occupied zone, where every building is covered in grafitti.

Seattle PD released a compilation of violent incidents at CHOP, using open source video of the violence.

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Kellyanne Conway’s Teenage Daughter Supports Far-Left Movements on TikTok

Kellyanne Conway, Senior Counselor to President Donald Trump, has a teenaged daughter who actively supports far-left causes on the Chinese-owned social media platform TikTok, as reported by USA Today.

Claudia Conway, 15, has garnered a sizeable following after using the platform to voice her opposition to President Trump, as well as her support for the racist Black Lives Matter movement. She described her support for such propaganda as “education of others,” saying that many young people would not be supportive of such causes “if it weren’t for social media.”

Kellyanne Conway has frequently had to deal with media focus on the fact that her husband, George Cownay, is also rabidly anti-Trump and has frequently taken to the press to insult the president. On TikTok, Claudia has referred to President Trump as a “rapist” and a “piece of s**t,” while also claiming to idolize socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and far-left Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Despite her clear political disagreements with her mother, Claudia insists that she maintains a good relationship with her, saying “I want nothing but love for her because she is an amazing person.”

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Joe Biden Attempts to Calm Dementia Fears, Claims He’s Taken Cognitive Test

In his first press conference in nearly 30 months, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden attempted to assure viewers that he was not in a state of mental decline, claiming without evidence that he had taken a cognitive function test, according to Breitbart.

Towards the end of his first press conference after 89 days of being conspicuously absent from the media, Biden was asked if he was facing any “degree of cognitive decline.” The former vice president responded by saying “I’ve been tested and I’m constantly tested,” without elaborating on what this meant.

He further added that “I can hardly wait to compare my cognitive capability to the cognitive capability of the man I’m running against.”

Despite his claims of having been tested, it had been noted that the cognitive functioning test was the one major section that was missing when Biden released his official medical examination records in December of last year.

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LA City Council Moves to Disband Police Department, Replace it with ‘Community Responders’

The city council of Los Angeles, California has passed a motion to begin the process of abolishing the Los Angeles Police Department, which it seeks to replace with “unarmed community responders,” as reported by Fox LA.

The motion was written by council president Nury Martinez and councilman Herb Wesson, both Democrats. Speaking out after the motion was unanimously passed on Tuesday, Wesson falsely claimed that “the way things have been going is not working for our communities,” also falsely claiming that “our people have spoken” in favor of the radical move of abolishing the police.

The motion seeks to replace the LAPD with “unarmed emergency responders,” who will be designated specifically to respond to “non-violent calls for service.” The motion directs the LAPD to work more closely with the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health in responding to non-violent incidents regarding such matters as homeless people, drug addicts, and the mentally ill, while also directing responsibility for non-violent calls away from the LAPD and towards “appropriate non-law enforcement agencies.”

Wesson declared his intentions to see “cities and counties across the nation follow our lead” and take similar action. The vote comes after Mayor Eric Garcetti (D-Calif.) had already pledged to cut $150 million from the LAPD budget earlier this month. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-N.Y.) similarly pledged to cut the NYPD budget by $1 billion.